Longest lunar eclipse this century coming up in late July – an annotated infographic

The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century – lasting one hour and 43 minutes – will be visible across wide swathes of the world, including Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, South America and the Middle East. The total phase of the Earth’s natural satellite will turn a spectacular red or ruddy-brown color. From start to finish, the entire celestial event will last nearly four hours. This lunar eclipse will be particularly long because the moon will be at its apogee – the furthest point from the earth – causing the moon to move slower, so the eclipse lasts longer. … Continue reading Longest lunar eclipse this century coming up in late July – an annotated infographic

The foldable Samsung Galaxy X – coming soon-ish – an annotated infographic

Samsung has begun mass production of the world’s first foldable smartphone: the Galaxy X. The device will open up to show two internal screens butted close together, forming a tablet-sized computer. The idea of a foldable smartphone has been rumoured for some time and a series of leaks emerging from Asia has fuelled internet speculation about the much-delayed project. The Galaxy X is tipped to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, in February 2019. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading The foldable Samsung Galaxy X – coming soon-ish – an annotated infographic

Volcanic heat source found beneath Antarctic glacier – an annotated infographic

While analysing Antarctic water samples, scientists have discovered a substantial volcanic heat source beneath Pine Island Glacier. Elevated levels of helium-3 gas detected in the waters around Pine Island glacier indicate volcanic activity beneath the ice sheet – exhibiting as much as 25 times more thermal energy than a dormant volcano. The volcanic heat source is one more factor to account for when modelling the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Shelf. The shelf’s stability has serious implications for the future of sea level rising. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Volcanic heat source found beneath Antarctic glacier – an annotated infographic

India on brink of worst-ever water crisis – an annotated infographic

India is suffering from the worst water crisis in its history, with 600 million people facing acute water shortage, a government think-tank says. The crisis is only going to get worse. By 2030, the country’s water demand is projected to be twice the available supply, implying severe water scarcity for hundreds of millions of people and an eventual 6 per cent loss in the country’s GDP. 21 Indian cities, including New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad, are likely to run out of groundwater by 2020. States ranked lowest at managing water – such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan and Haryana … Continue reading India on brink of worst-ever water crisis – an annotated infographic

Europe’s electric bus fleets set to triple in size by 2025 – an annotated infographic

The total number of electric buses in service is forecast to more than triple, from 386,000 in 2017 to about 1.2 million in 2025, equal to about 47 per cent of the global city bus fleet, according to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). E-buses remain more expensive upfront than those fuelled by diesel, but BNEF found that battery-powered buses can already offer a lower total cost of ownership when fuel and maintenance expenses are factored in. A typical e-bus with a 250kWh battery charging once per day at the depot and operating around 166km/per day has a … Continue reading Europe’s electric bus fleets set to triple in size by 2025 – an annotated infographic

#Apple boasts resilient #iPhone sales, despite lacklustre #iPhoneX results – an annotated infographic

Hey, it turns out that Apple isn’t going to be strapped for cash after all. That’s a relief, eh? Technology giant Apple reported its best-ever fiscal second-quarter sales, despite fears that demand for its iPhone X – with a selling price starting at $999 – had begun to cool. Sales of 52.22 million iPhones were up from 50.76 million last year — a 2.9 per cent increase — confounding rumours suggesting demand for its iPhone X was in decline. Average selling prices for iPhones were $728, compared with $655 a year ago – an increase of more than 11 per … Continue reading #Apple boasts resilient #iPhone sales, despite lacklustre #iPhoneX results – an annotated infographic

Stratolaunch Systems announces world’s largest plane is close to flying – an annotated infographic

Stratolaunch Systems, the space launch venture backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, is planning to conduct the maiden flight of its giant carrier aircraft within the next few months. The six-engine, twin-fuselage aircraft, built by California-based Scaled Composites, is designed to carry rockets up to high altitude and launch them to space from there. The alternative to conventional rocket launches could provide an affordable and efficient way to place satellites in orbit. The aircraft has been through two taxi tests so far at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. If three more tests go smoothly, Stratolaunch will move … Continue reading Stratolaunch Systems announces world’s largest plane is close to flying – an annotated infographic